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Nabucco 2018 - Arena di Verona Tickets

Venue: Verona Arena

Piazza Brà, 1
37121 Verona
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Setting: 586 B.C. 


In the temple of Solomon in Jerusalem 

The Hebrews and the Levites are gathered together in Solomon's temple to lament the fate of the Israelites, who have just been defeated by the Babylonian king Nabucco, who is about to enter the city at the head of his victorious army. The high priest Zaccaria encourages his followers not to abandon hope as they are holding a valuable hostage, Fenena, Nabucco's daughter. Fenena is entrusted to the custody of Ismaele, nephew of the king Sedecia of Jerusalem. Ismaele, however, is in love with Fenena, who had freed him, at a greater personal risk, when he was held prisoner in Babylon. He now intends to return the favour. The two are planning to run away together when Abigaille, whom everyone believes to be Nabucco's first-born daughter enters the temple, carrying a sword in her hand, at the head of a band of Babylonian soldiers who are disguised as Hebrews. In a whisper, Abigaille declares her love to Ismaele and offers freedom to all the Hebrews in return for his love. Ismaele refuses to be blackmailed. In the meantime a crowd of Hebrews, who are being hunted down by Nabucco's soldiers, seek refuge in the temple. Then the king himself appears on the threshold. Zaccaria threatens to kill Fenena if Nabucco and his people dare violate the sacred place. He raises his dagger to Fenena but Ismaele intervenes and saves her from death. Zaccaria condemns Ismaele for being a traitor. Nabucco, embracing his daughter, orders that the temple be put to fire and sword. 



Scene I 

The apartments of the Royal Palace in Babylon 

From a document Nabucco had kept secret, Abigaille learns of her true origins; she is not Nabucco's first-born but some slave's daughter. She is disturbed, but perseveres in her plans to wreak vengeance on Fenena, to whom Nabucco has entrusted the throne during his absence fighting the Hebrews. She contemplates having her rival murdered, taking over the throne and spreading the news that Nabucco is dead. She is supported by the high priest of Belo. 

Scene II 

In another wing of the Royal Palace in Babylon Zaccaria, together with his people, is going to Fenena's apartments to convince her to convert to the Jewish fate. A chorus of Levites is heard cursing Ismaele for having saved Fenena; he is seen as a traitor by everyone. Zaccaria orders the Levites to stop insulting Ismaele, that he is not a traitor as he saved from death a converted woman. Abigaille is about to carry out her plan when Nabucco unexpectedly returns. He grasps the crown and declares himself sole king and God of a people who must adore him for eternity. At these blasphemous words a thunderbolt of lightening strikes beside the terrorised King and he feels the crown being snatched from his head by a supernatural force. A deep silence follows the confusion caused by this mysterious event. Abigaille takes advantage of it to pick up the fallen crown and swears that the "splendour of the people of Belo shall never be extinguished". 


The Phophecy 

Scene I 

The Hanging gardens in the Royal Palace in Babylon 

Abigaille, who has proclaimed herself queen, is seated on the throne to receive the homage of the nobles of the kingdom in the presence of the High Priest. Suddenly Nabucco appears in shabby clothes behaving in a deranged way and Abigaille tricks him into giving the royal seal to ratify the death sentence on all the Hebrew prisoners, including the converted Fenena. Nabucco, realizing the trick too late, protests and orders Abigaille to prostrate herself before him, threatening to reveal the details of her birth. He looks for the birth certificate but - laughing - Abigaille exhibits it in her hands, shows it to him, then tears it to pieces. She consigns the old king to the guards to be imprisoned. Nabucco, in despair, promises Abigaille that he will abdicate the throne in her favour if she grants pardon to Fenena. Abigaille, with a sardonic and scornful smile, refuses to do so. 

Scene II 

On the banks of the Euphrates 

The Hebrews, condemned to hard work, lament their "beautiful and distant motherland" and call on the Lord for help. Zaccaria encourages them with the solemn prophecy that wrathful vengeance is going to descend on Babylon. 


The Broken Idol 

Scene I 

Apartments in the Royal Palace of Babylon 

Nabucco, waking from a heavy sleep full of nightmares, hears Fenena's name from the street. He runs to the balcony and backs away in terror and desperation on seeing his daughter bound in chains and escorted by soldiers, while all around her echo the cries of "Death!". In vain he tries to leave the palace, only to find himself a prisoner. Then he kneels down in prayer to implore mercy from the God of the Hebrews. The doors immediately open and a band of faithful guards enter he is no longer a poor madman, for they recognize him as the rightful King. With acclamations they unsheathe their swords and follow him to reclaim his crown and free Fenena. 

Scene II 

In the Hanging Gardens of the Royal Palace in Babylon 

Fenena has already been led with other Hebrews to the sacrificial altar erected in the Hanging Gardens, and the High Priest of Belo is about to carry out the sacrificial ceremony, when Nabucco and his followers enter. He orders the overthrow of the simulacrum of the God. The idol, even before being touched, falls to the ground and shatters into pieces. The Jews are liberated and Nabucco exhorts his people to bow before the great God of the Jews, Jehovah. Abigaille, defeated in every way, poisons herself and goes with two of her followers to where the slaughter should have been carried out. Before dying, she asks for her sister's forgiveness and puts the two lovers, Ismaele and Fenena under Nabucco's protection so that the King may allow their marriage and give them his blessing. She dies invoking the God of the Jews 

Verona Arena

The Verona Arena (Arena di Verona) is a Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra in Verona, Italy built in 30 AD. It is still in use today and is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind.





The building itself was built in AD 30 on a site which was then beyond the city walls. The ludi (shows and games) staged there were so famous that spectators came from many other places, often far away, to witness them. The amphitheatre could host more than 30,000 spectators in ancient times.

The round façade of the building was originally composed of white and pink limestone from Valpolicella, but after a major earthquake in 1117, which almost completely destroyed the structure's outer ring, except for the so-called "ala", the stone was quarried for re-use in other buildings. Nevertheless it impressed medieval visitors to the city, one of whom considered it to have been a labyrinth, without ingress or egress. Ciriaco d'Ancona was filled with admiration for the way it had been built and Giovanni Antonio Panteo's civic panegyric De laudibus veronae, 1483, remarked that it struck the viewer as a construction that was more than human.


Musical theatre


The first interventions to recover the arena's function as a theatre began during the Renaissance. Some operatic performances were later mounted in the building during the 1850s, owing to its outstanding acoustics.

And in 1913, operatic performances in the arena commenced in earnest due to the zeal and initiative of the Italian operatenor Giovanni Zenatello and the impresario Ottone Rovato. The first 20th-century operatic production at the arena, a staging of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, took place on 10 August of that year, to mark the birth of Verdi 100 years before in 1813. Musical luminaries such as Puccini and Mascagni were in attendance. Since then, summer seasons of opera have been mounted continually at the arena, except in 1915–18 and 1940–45, when Europe was convulsed in war.

Nowadays, at least four productions (sometimes up to six) are mounted each year between June and August. During the winter months, the local opera and ballet companies perform at the L'Accademia Filarmonica.

Modern-day travellers are advised that admission tickets to sit on the arena's stone steps are much cheaper to buy than tickets giving access to the padded chairs available on lower levels. Candles are distributed to the audience and lit after sunset around the arena.

Every year over 500,000 people see productions of the popular operas in this arena.[3] Once capable of housing 20,000 patrons per performance (now limited to 15,000 because of safety reasons), the arena has featured many of world's most notable opera singers. In the post-World War II era, they have included Giuseppe Di Stefano, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi and Renata Tebaldi among other names. A number of conductors have appeared there, too. The official arena shop has historical recordings made by some of them available for sale.

The opera productions in the Verona Arena had not used any microphones or loudspeakers until an electronic sound reinforcement system was installed in 2011.


How to reach Verona


By Car
Verona is easily reached by taking:
- the A4 Motorway SERENISSIMA, Milan-Venice, exit Verona Sud.
- or by taking the A22 Motorway Brennero-Modena, followed by the A4 Motorway Milan-Venice, direction Venice, exit Verona Sud.
Then follow the signs for all directions ('tutte le direzioni) followed by the signs for the city centre. 
Approximative distances from Verona by Motorways:
Vicenza km 51 Venezia km 114 Florence km 230 
Brescia km 68 Bologna km 142 Rome km 600 
Padova km 84 Bolzano km 157 Naples km 800 
Trento km 103 Milan km 161 

By Bus
The city centre is linked to the surrounding towns and villages, as well as Lake Garda, by a public transport bus service (the buses are blue in colour) which can be accessed at the bus station, situated directly opposite the train station (APTV Service). Click here for timetables and routes. 

By Train
The main railway station is VERONA PORTA NUOVA, which is the crossroads of both the Milan - Venice line and the Brennero - Rome line. 
There are direct trains and InterCity trains from all the main railway stations in the north of Italy throughout the day. 
Duration of trip : from Padua 40 minutes; from Vicenza 30 minutes; from Venice 1½ hours; from Milan 2 hours and from Rome 5 hours. 
City buses can be taken from the train station to the city centre and arrive in Piazza Bra, the central square where the Arena Amphitheatre is found. 
The Bus numbers are 11, 12, 13, 14, 72 and 73. 

By Plane
Verona's international Airport Catullo in Villafranca is situated approximately 10 km S-W of the city centre. 
There is a shuttle bus service to and from the airport approximately every 20 minutes from 06.10 to 23.30. 
The airport bus terminal is outside Porta Nuova Railway Station. 
Brescia Montichiari Airport which is situated approximately 52 kilometres from Verona, is also linked to Verona Porta Nuova Train station by a shuttle bus which runs approximately twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Again the bus terminal is outside Porta Nuova Railway Station. 


Parking  - Getting by car and parking next to the Arena

From highway A4 or A22 get the exit for Verona Sud.
Follow the signal “tutte le direzioni” (all directions) and then Verona city centre. 

Parking Arena
Via M.Bentegodi,8 - Verona - 37122

Parking Arsenale
Piazza Arsenale,8 - Verona - 37126

Parking Isolo
Via Ponte Pignolo, 6/c - Verona - 37129

Parking Polo Zanotto
Viale Università,4 - Verona - 37129

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